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Another controlled parking zone is to be created right in the centre of Beckenham Town which will run from 8.00am-6.30pm and spread out to the surrounding roads. This is the 5-6th initiative Bromley Council has created in Beckenham and it's picking off bit by bit the whole of the area, converting it into one huge revenue generation scheme, a restrictive car park where residents have only the right if they pay for a space that had been free to park on their road and no where else in the great area they chose to move to.
If you go to the Council site you will not find a helpful map of the schemes or find each of them easily in their website, if they exist there at all that is. Why? Perhaps they don't want residents realising what it's up to, or how bad it is getting.
What is very concerning is that every time the Council instigates a review it neither makes the details clear or provides the questionnaire online, plus does not tell those in surrounding roads that the review is even being done.
The joined up thinking isn't done. Displacement causes then more grief and the domino effect is now well under way. What the Council are not doing is creating more parking spaces, nor are they demanding those who fund the schemes, normally a house developer or retail business etc to make sure in their plans they provide adequate parking. 30 spaces for 40 homes is not adequate. Given that most households even have 2 cars it is clear why the Council is not helping 'us' with their do the minimum policy.
I totally understand the reason why some people want a CPZ, but looking at the big picture, restrict travel, restrict shoppers, restrict freedom and even make people pay more for what was free and you soon suck out the life blood of what makes Beckenham so good and then it's easy to see why locals will say, "You know it's a hassle to go into town. Let's go to somewhere out of town that isn't restricted like a large retail park, superstore, etc." So Tesco win, Bluewater wins, your brilliant local fish shop, tailor, chemist, pub, charity shop, school etc loses out.
So before you wish for another CPZ, just think of what it will ultimately do to the local economy and area, and then wonder why more empty shops, failed businesses, someone you know loses their job and your houseprice declines - the Council is offering you a shiny apple, beware and think of the future of a town you might like better as it is now than the ghost town it surely coudl become.
I can't find a map or all the links on the Bromley Council website, but here is one that tells you in a broad scale the boroughs present schemes and their associated costs. Or you are guaranteed that those prices will rise and you'll never be able to switch off a CPZ.
One last thing, majority of votes for these schemes are in numbers who return their papers to the Council. If 2 out 3 people vote yes and 97 others don;t fill out the form on that one road then the '2' will create a CPZ that all 100 will have to pay for. That's not a majority, but the council says it is.
No public meetings, unless you force them to, and the only one's i@ve ever seen was when I started this website exactly on this issue 4 years ago.
Happy to hear all your views.
I've just received a letter through my door to say the Clock House CPZ is being extended in May/June to include an extended part of Clock House Road, plus Balgowan Road, Belmont Road, Colesburg Road, Cromwell Road, Hampden Avenue and Hampden Road.
Admittedly, we're victims of the 'doughnut effect', but it's hard to see the whole thing as more than a revenue-generating scheme for the council.
Can I get a copy of that? I would like to publish it of here so that more people are aware of the ever changing charging area and the next wave of poor residents the problem will push to outside their doorsteps
I'm all for it. It should mean we can park in front of our house during the week, rather than having to fight for a space with all the tight-was commuters who drive in and then catch the train.
Dear Mat - Im sure you were well aware of commuter parking issues when you purchased your house - and no one has the 'right' to park outside thier own house, every member of road tax paying public has the same right to park there as anyone else.
To be fair to Mat...it is actually quite useful in day-to-day life to be able to park somewhere vaguely near one's own house occasionally. I find it so patronising when people (like you) 'point out' that no-one has a 'right' to park outside one's own house. I think it can be safely assumed that we all know that. We ALL really, really already know that. But thanks for pointing it out anyway.
The CPZ in my road has made my life a whole lot easier. I can recommend them.
I wonder what the feeling is when a household has 2 or 3 cars? Arguements either either way over rights etc then I'm sure. The main point is that you give up a freedom for your own self satisfaction without caring about the consequences for residents yards or a street away. It's then all about 'me' and not about 'us' or the community sorting out their own problems. Councillors from miles and miles away who have no way of being held to account by you happily rake in more money, appease a property developer or a large supermarket and to be honest treat you all with contempt for questioning anything that they might do, even though they have not gone about their business as openly, in-depth or helpfully as they should.
But the commuter who parks without charge in a residential road isn't thinking about the 'us' community. They are thinking that it's cheaper and easier for them to park near a station irrespective of any hassle it may cause local residents.
They ('the commuter parker') purchased cheaper/larger houses far from rail stations knowing that they would prefer to drive closer to a rail station rather than walk (God forbid) or bus or cycle.
Far better if we all give up our cars and use public transport. Or walk.
And none of us has not parked in front of someone else's house at some point in our lives for some reason?
The majority is of those polled who returned their questionnaires and not a majority of those who live in the street. Big difference. Therefore it could be said the minority in some roads are able to get their way which is not democratic at all. The Council's system is flawed and wrong in so many ways.
Back to John's point to that no one has a right to the highway so why should some people claim a space for them over others? What make's them any different?
There are other ways to tackle parking, but the Council will not entertain any. No long term strategic plan, but to divide and rule what are lovely neighbourhoods
lol democracy doesnt work. How many people voted in the last general election and how many of those got the tories in? I see no reason at all why those locals who have an opinion and vote in any sort of majority get what they are voting for?
Yes, we all are happy for democracy to be just that when it suits us but not actually make democracy work or be accountable. In the case of polling everyone on a street, it's not politics, it's their everyday life, it's their freedoms, and whether they have to pay for something or not for what was free. Every house should be made to give an answer and then a true result would be agreed by all. We choose to allow wooly as the norm. We shouldn't.